Sheriff: OSU student critically injured after being hit by DUII driver

Sheriff: OSU student critically injured after being hit by DUII driver
Photo from the crash scene

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A 21-year-old OSU student was critically injured Thursday afternoon, after deputies say a man under the influence of drugs ran a red light and smashed into her car.

Just after 4:30 pm, emergency crews were called to the area of Highway 20 and Circle Boulevard for a reported two vehicle crash.

When deputies arrived, they found a Buick Riviera and a Toyota Camry in the intersection. The driver of the Buick, later identified as 21-year-old OSU student Jessica Neffendorf critically injured.

The driver of the Toyota, Matthew Cannard, 29, of McMinnville, suffered from minor injuries.

The Sheriff's office says investigators believe Cannard ran a red light and crashed head on into the front driver's side of Neffendorf's car.

After the impact, both vehicles came to rest in intersection.

Neffendorf was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by the Corvallis Fire Department with critical injuries.

As of Friday morning, she was listed in critical condition.

Cannard was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by the Corvallis Fire Department with minor injuries.

Deputies say that after he was treated and released from the hospital, he was arrested and taken to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged, charged by deputies with Assault II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Drugs), Criminal Mischief I, Driving While Revoked Misdemeanor and Reckless Driving.

Both drivers were wearing safety belts and air bags were deployed.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Collision Investigation Team was activated and assisted at the scene.

Highway 20 was closed for about three and a half hours.

Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Deputy David Iverson at 541-766-6858.